Collaborative Authoring with Adobe InDesign

We just presented a webinar on the topic of "Editing InDesign Documents Online," and it provides a summary of why you would edit InDesign documents online, along with demonstrations of how you can do so, through an online interface with our Silicon Designer product. Here's the webinar:

Most of the content about the "why" was created by the great Jeff Seal, a few years ago. It is truly timeless. The Silicon Designer product, however, doesn't sit still. It meets the challenges of scaling collaborative design, offering ever-greater capabilities with each passing year.

In preparing the webinar, I noticed that Jeff had used the title "How to Share InDesign Files" for his presentation, and I think that's a great way of looking at it.

Silicon Publishing is giving away 13 scripts written by Olav Martin Kvern. You can download them here. These range from utilities and examples of InDesign extensibility to graphic functions that generate art from parameters: some have been released in earlier versions, some have never been public before. Following are explanations of the scripts, along with references to further information.

Adobe InDesign is the tool of choice for creating high-quality print-ready documents. These days, nearly every magazine or high-end printed piece was created with InDesign.

In the cold winter of 2008, we were approached by a technical lead at Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines ("RCCL"), regarding the topic of cruise booklet production. Sajan Chacko had seen our Silicon Paginator product (based on Adobe InDesign Server), and he inquired by email:

"Based on an XML stream, can it do the following:
1. Get data from external file-paths specified in XML
2. Reference external sources such as HTML, RTF, or Word?"

This is the sort of inquiry that brightens our days here at Silicon Publishing. We have lived and breathed this sort of technical work for decades, and whatever the year, we're using the very best technology to make it even more efficient. 2008 was no exception. I could tell immediately that Sajan would be happy with InDesign Server as a solution, because we had already mastered the art of just this sort of workflow.

Silicon Designer was announced as a product in the fall of 2009, via a press release called, "Web to Print missing Link Revealed in Chicago." This was distributed quite effectively around the world (No subsequent press release saw such results. what was the magic?) One of the many resulting inquiries came from Peter Gunning of Printing.com: "I'm interested in seeing how we would create templates on Silicon Designer."

More than 10 years later, their implementation of Silicon Designer is still going strong. Silicon Designer can edit virtually any document online, but both the product and our company come from the print space, where a common class of documents is business collateral.  Of all the  online editing systems built on the Silicon Designer platform, Printing.com (now known as Grafenia, with their Nettl brand growing globally as well) exemplifies a very fundamental use case in the world of web-to-print: online editing of business collateral such as business cards, flyers, and postcards.

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